Myths and misconceptions about feet

Posted by Daniel Fitzpatrick on November 19, 2018

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Heels cause all of women’s foot problems

 

Not true. Now I m not saying that heels are good for your feet but many common foot problems are at similar rates in populations that don’t wear shoes. Heels can definitely accelerate foot problems but someone still has to have the traits that would cause the foot problem in the first place.

 

Walking barefoot is bad for you

 

Not true walking bare foot helps to strength muscles, helps balance and coordination. In some cases it may be uncomfortable but this usually due to tight lower leg muscles. You can fix this in many cases with simply stretching your calves.

 

You need supportive foot wear otherwise you will get bad feet

 

Not true in fact recent studies suggest support in most types of supportive foot wear isn’t actually doing anything to help control your foot and in fact having less support can help to build strength in the long term.

 

Foot pain is because your getting old

 

Not true foot pain in most cases is due to misalignment ( or the bones of your feet being in the wrong place) and as a result flares up the soft tissues which results in pain. The great news it’s fixable.

 

Your feet don’t change once your an adult

 

Feet definitely change over the course of your life they can change for example arches can definitely get higher or lower. The great news is as practitioners we can help do this in a positive way if foot structures are causing problems.

 

In fact a great example of feet changing is when women become pregnant as a result of the hormone relaxin which causes the feet to spread and become longer. This can cause a number of issues the great news is we can usually reverse these effects and get the foot to change back to a similar size down the track.

 

You can’t change someone’s arch when they’re an adult

 

Yes you can and we do all the time. The arch is quiet a dynamic structure that can adopt a new position with the right influences.

 

All thongs are bad for you

No in fact there’s some fantastic thongs on the market that provide excellent support, in fact they are probably better for you than lots of expensive runners. Birkenstocks are an examples of these but there are many good quality tongs on the market starting at about $30. Most people aren’t wearing thongs enough to cause a problem anyway.

 

To fix a foot problem you have to wear special shoes with inserts

 

This once upon a time was the case but there are plenty of techniques to address the underlying cause without having to be restricted to orthotics or supportive footwear. There are gentle hands on techniques which can improve the structures of the feet along with exercises.

 

Kids need supportive foot wear

 

In fact children unless they have specific foot problems get huge advantages in bare feet or lighter shoes that give a barefoot sensation. In fact were finding that heavy supportive shoes in kids can actually impede normal function and interfere with balance and coordination. This is very evident before five but can definitely witness well into teens.

 

Walking on sand will help any foot pain you have

 

A common misconception is that sand will help your foot if you have pain. In most cases it will irritate any inflammation that you might have through the structures of your feet. If you have very good feet/ biomechanics then sand can help to strengthen but most people don’t fall into that category